Ahearn leads Missouri St. past Wisc.-Milwaukee
Winner Busted Final No. Iowa Bucknell 65-61 (2OT) Iona Buffalo 93-75 Kent State Butler 80-76 (OT) Missouri St. Wis.-Milw. 72-63 Western Ky. No. Arizona 79-58 Old Dominion Marist 84-71 La. Tech So. Illinois 54-51 George Mason Wichita St. 70-67 Ohio Samford 64-52 Utah State Northwestern St. 66-63 Creighton Fresno State 67-62
The Bears (18-7) won their third straight game and sixth of their last seven outings.
The contest was one of 13 BracketBusters games ESPN televised to provide national exposure to mid-major teams that have a chance at making the NCAA Tournament.
The Panthers lost their second straight game and fourth of their last six to fall to 18-8.
The Panthers were without starting forward Adrian Tigert, who hurt his back a week ago in Milwaukee's 86-57 victory over Cleveland State. He was averaging 12.7 points and 7.4 rebounds.
The Bears were on top by 11 points at 52-41 with 11:01 left after a pair of free throws by Bilyeu.
The Panthers, though, battled back to within 63-60 on a basket by McCoy with 1:06 left. On the next possession, Bilyeu was fouled and made two free throws for a five-point Missouri State lead with 55 seconds left. Milwaukee never got that close again.
The Bears led 34-28 at halftime.
Sky Frazier's layup with 15:32 left to play in the first half put Missouri State on top for good in the period at 7-6. Missouri State's biggest lead was eight points.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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